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Las Vegas, Nev. - A Rolling 60s Crips street gang member, who was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury last August along with 20 others, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to racketeering and firearm charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. Additionally, the plea agreement of a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in November 2003 was unsealed today. Both were originally charged in an 80-count Indictment returned on August 12, 2003; however, an 88-count Superseding Indictment was filed on March 23, 2004, which added additional charges and another defendant.
ANTONIO GIVENS, aka Riddler, age 34, of Las Vegas, entered guilty pleas to Counts 2 and 77 of the Superseding Indictment, charging him with Conspiracy to Engage in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. The parties agreed to a sentence which is binding on the Court whereas GIVENS will serve between 235 and 272 months in prison.
In entering his guilty pleas today, GIVENS admitted that he was associated with the Rolling 60s Crips gang in Las Vegas. GIVENS admitted that the gang primarily made its money selling crack cocaine, and controlled the sale of drugs in an area of Las Vegas known as West Las Vegas by using guns and violence. This included threatening witnesses with arson, physical abuse and murder, and committing drive-by shootings of witnesses' cars and apartments to deter them from providing reports to law enforcement. GIVENS admitted they "jump in" new gang members, and teach them how to sell drugs and protect other gang members. GIVENS admitted the gang members operated drug houses or "spots," in apartments or hotel rooms for the purpose of selling drugs. GIVENS admitted that he committed the following robberies in Las Vegas by using force, violence and fear of injury, and in the last case, by also brandishing a firearm:
• May 3, 1995 robbery of the Albertson's grocery store at 3864 West Sahara;
• May 24, 1995 robbery of the Ambassdor Hotel at 916 Fremont Street; and
• July 7, 2002 robbery of the Gold Spike Casino
ANTONIO GIVENS, aka Riddler, is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, August 9, 2004, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. District Judge Mahan. He is in federal custody pending sentencing.
Also today, the Government unsealed the plea agreement of co-defendant FREDDIE PRENTISS, aka Romeo, age 34 of Las Vegas. PRENTISS pleaded guilty on November 18, 2003, to Count 1 of the Indictment charging Participation in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization. PRENTISS admitted that he was a member of the Rolling 60s Crips gang in Las Vegas, and is considered an O.G. (Original Gangster) or leader within the gang. PRENTISS admitted to the distribution of a total of 104.1 grams of crack cocaine on four occasions in Rolling 60s Crips "turf" or with other Rolling 60s gang members. PRENTISS is facing up to life in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 9, 2004, before Judge Hicks. He is also in custody pending sentencing.
The other 20 co-defendants are currently pending trial and set for a status hearing on June 22, 2004, at 1:30 p.m.
The investigation and prosecution of the members of the Rolling 60s street gang and their involvement in violent crime and drug trafficking in Clark County, Nevada, is the largest of its kind in the area, and has required the resources, coordination and cooperation of numerous federal, state and local agencies. The charges and arrests marked the culmination of an almost two-year long investigation by federal and local law enforcement task forces into an onslaught of gang-related homicides, illegal gun use, and drug trafficking in North Las Vegas and Las Vegas. Since the investigation began, 44 defendants have been indicted in United States District Court in Las Vegas, and 17 defendants have been convicted thus far. Numerous others have been charged and convicted in the 8th Judicial District Court in Clark County and prosecuted by the Clark County District Attorney's Office.
The federal case is being investigated by the FBI's Violent Crime Squad, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, the North Las Vegas Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathleen Bliss and Brian Quarles.